Sarasota County studying Irma response efforts

SARASOTA COUNTY- In the days leading up to Hurricane Irma, Sarasota County officials were preparing for a potential Category 4 landfall. Emergency Services Director Rich Collins says they’re now studying just how prepared they were. “I think this storm really offers an opportunity for us to look at a worst-case scenario,” Collins said. “That we were fortunate enough to not experience to that level. But still allow us to identify, how...

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Irma debris leading to worsening allergy symptoms

SARASOTA- Large piles of debris left from Hurricane Irma will take weeks to collect, and it’s leading to some negative health effects for Suncoast Residents. Hurricane Irma brought wind, rain, and flooding, and now weeks later… allergies. “A lot of fallen branches, leaves around homes and just around the area can lead to increased mold growth,”Allergist Dr. Jennifer Fergeson said. “And also the water damage leading to increased pollen...

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FPL works to restore power to the Suncoast

SUNCOAST- As of 10 AM Tuesday, more than 46 percent of Sarasota County, 42 percent of Manatee County, and 36 percent of Charlotte County are still without power. “My biggest concern has been not knowing what’s happening,” said Bill Borer, a Venice resident. Irma swept through the Suncoast and took power and light with it. “We have 4.9 million customers and it has knocked out power to more than four million of them,” said David...

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